Help send Rosemont’s robotics team to FIRST World Championship in St. Louis
The fledgling Rosemont High School robotics team has created a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising $15,000 needed to pay for its upcoming trip to the FIRST Robotics World Championship April 27-30 in St. Louis.
The Wolverines secured a trip to Missouri by becoming the first SCUSD team to win top honors at the qualifying Sacramento Regional Competition held last month at UC Davis.
The first-place win marked a major accomplishment for a team that has only competed for three years – still rookies by FIRST standards. Unlike some of Northern California’s robotics powerhouse programs, Rosemont has no machine shop and no wealthy funders.
Going into the qualifying tournament, team captain Tina Luong says the team’s only goal was to last until the second day of competition.
“All we wanted to do was make it to the playoffs,” she says. “And we ended up winning.”
The Wolverines’ scrappy defensive moves in numerous bouts caught the attention of Davis High School and Mountain View High School, veteran teams with winning track records. Davis and Mountain View ultimately formed an alliance and chose Rosemont to join them. The alliance swept every match and secured a trip to Missouri later this month.
Ms. Luong has created a GoFundMe page for community members to donate toward the $15,000 needed to pay for the trip to St. Louis. “Being able to go to St. Louis means the world to our team and our school,” she says. “We hope to make you all proud.”